FORREST GUMP - Content
For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 4, 2013
Tom Hanks' second Oscar-winner in a row, "Forrest Gump," has taken its lumps over the years, with some anti-"Gump" backlash, if you will. For some reason, it's "in" to trash this film, which is often characterized these days as superficial and sappy, and Hanks' character as "easy" and even "silly."
But watching it again reminds me of why I was so effusive in 1994 when I reviewed the film for the Deseret News. It's so engaging, so fully involving and so darn entertaining that its gimmicks — super-speed ping-pong, meeting President Nixon at the White House and other special effects-laden moments in recent history — can easily be forgiven.
The rest of the cast is great too, including Sally Field as Forrest's mother, Robin Wright as his true love, Gary Sinise as a sergeant wounded in Vietnam, Mykelti Williamson a a shrimp-boat fisherman, etc.
Director Robert Zemeckis went all out to make it work, as did screenwriter Eric Roth, and they have designed a meticulous, detailed and delightful film.
And there's an iconic moment filmed in Southern Utah.
If you've forgotten, or — heaven forfend, if you've never seen it — you owe it to yourself to take advantage of the big-screen run at Jordan Commons over the next week. That's always the way to see the best movies, if possible, and "Forrest Gump" is no exception.